After 50 years in the business Thompson Brothers Transport has a history as rich in family values as it is in careful planning, hard work and sheer determination.
It all began in 1962 when local brothers Harold and Noel Thompson recognised that Dubbo was the hub of an expansive and flourishing transport area. With this in mind, together with their skills as a boilermaker and a truck driver, Noel and Harold established what was then known as HR and HK Thompson, a livestock freight company.
The business started as a two truck livestock carrying outfit, but rapidly developed into a diverse haulage company encompassing not only livestock carrying but also general freight, fuel and gas distribution. During this period TBT pioneered the use of two-deck cattle and four-deck sheep crates and kept up to date with B-doubles and road trains servicing the needs of the growing livestock industry.In 1980 Thompson Bros opened their Sydney terminal at Chipping Norton where they occupied an area of 1,000 square feet and then in 1993 leased premises at 80 Redfern Street, Wetherill Park, providing another 5,000 square feet of storage space. 1988 saw further expansion with the acquisition of transport businesses in Mudgee and Bathurst. This gave the company a distribution area servicing Central and Western NSW with terminals situated at Sydney, Lithgow, Mudgee, Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo with a daily service to the Blue Mountains.
1995 proved to be a pivotal year for TBT, it was in this year that the decision was made to sell the livestock and tanker divisions and to concentrate on their core competency of general Transport. It was also this year that the General Freight Division was expanded and moved to 16 Davis Road, Wetherill Park, with a much larger warehouse of 36,000 square feet to fulfil our customers’ warehousing and distribution requirements. TBT now serviced all areas of New South Wales with a reliable overnight and next day service and an interstate operation to Brisbane and Melbourne. And finally but significantly it was also in 1995 that Mark Thompson is appointed General Manager of Thompson Brothers Transport and Steven Thompson steps up as Sydney Operations Manager.
50 years on Thompson Brothers Transport has continued to thrive and grow under the ownership and operations of the second generation of Thompson Bothers, into a transport, fulfilment and warehousing company that is synonymous with reliability and professionalism in the Central West of NSW.